Wednesday, August 29, 2007

News from Andrew Lewellen:

Third-year fiction writer Andrew Lewellen may not be in Carbondale anymore, but he's not forgotten to write with good news:

"I just found out that my manuscript for my thesis, "The Long
Descent," has been selected for the semi-final round of the
James Jones First Novel Fellowship. I sent in pages 1-50 for
the March 1 deadline, along with a plot outline, and now the
judges now request that I send in pages 51-100.

The contest is sponsored by Wilkes University, and the winning
manuscript recieves a $10,000 prize. In 2006, there were 15
semi-finalists, so I'm guessing I'm one of a number around this
similar size.

A nice bit of recognition after a lot of work; though the news
is making it awfully hard for me to be productive in my little
cubicle here in Evanston."

Congrats, Andrew!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Coming Soon: MFA Carbondale t-shirts!

If you'd like to reserve your own mfacarbondale t-shirt, write to
Allison J. at aljoseph(at) (replace (at) with @).
T-shirts will be $15.
On the front: Write Your Life
On the back:
Color: Off-White

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Catching Up With Ingrid Moody (MFA '07)

from an e-mail from Ingrid:

"I just wanted to let you know two things--one, that I entered a contest posted on the listserv to attend the Santa Barbara Summer Poetry Workshop and won, so I spent a nice long weekend writing and reading in what I'm convinced is the most beautiful place in the continental US; and two, at the workshop (which was small--about 30 poets), one of the organizers, Grace Rachow, spent a good deal of time praising and recommending CRWROPPS--among the many wonderful things she said about the listserv: "It doesn't get any better than this. It's free and it comes to you." She also expounded upon the high quality of the information. One of the women participating in the conference then shared that she has published numerous poems and a chapbook as a result of the information from CRWROPPS. When I bragged that I knew the moderator, I became a momentary celebrity in the room.

Jon and I are headed to China tomorrow, where we'll chill in Beijing for a week, then travel to Shanghai, where Jon will be presenting at a climate conference, leaving me to wander the streets alone. When we return, I will be focusing on polishing my manuscript to send out--it seems like most of the big first book contests have deadlines in the fall."

Congrats, Ingrid, on the SBSPW Prize! The link to CRWROPPS (Creative Writers Opportunities List) is to the right!

Chris Gardner Lecture, Free Books Available

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Christopher Gardner, often described as a "modern-day Horatio Alger," brings his life story of hard times and personal triumph to Southern Illinois University Carbondale tonight.

Gardner is owner and CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings. But, the 53-year-old philanthropist and motivational speaker is widely recognized for his amazing story of personal tenacity that became a No. 1 best-selling book and movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," in 2006. He served as associate producer for the movie.

Gardner's lecture is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at SIU Arena. The event is free. SIU's Office of the President, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, SIUC's Office of Associate Chancellor for Diversity, and The Southern Illinoisan are sponsoring Gardner's visit.

---profile courtesy SIUC University Communications

PS Copies of Chris Gardner's book are available for free in Faner 2220 (aka the Glass Room). First come, first serve!

Congrats to Shanie Latham

Shanie Latham, a third-year MFA in fiction, was named a finalist for the 2007 Don Russ Poetry Prize for her poem "Sewing." This award is sponsored by the Kennesaw Review. Congrats Shanie--keep up the cross-genre action.
Kennesaw Review

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

West Georgia knows quality....

Both Paul Guest (MFA '99) and Melanie Jordan (MFA '01) are now teaching at the University of West Georgia, alongside Crab Orchard Series in Poetry winner Chad Davidson.

You can contact either of them at the English Department there:
West Georgia

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival 2007 Dates

Mark your calendars:
The annual Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival will take place in 2007 on October 25, 26, and 27. Watch this blog for more details about the writers who will be coming to Carbondale for three days of readings, panels, and literary merriment.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Lumans Forthcoming in Story Quarterly

Second year MFA student Alex Lumans has some great news:

"My short story "Elephants Are Why He Made the Oceans" will be
published in the forthcoming issue of StoryQuarterly, which will
be coming out this December."

Congrats, Alex!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Hearty Congrats to...

Clint Cargile (MFA '05) and Gillian King (MFA '05) on their wedding on August 18, 2007!

Best of luck, Gillian and Clint!

They are having their reception here:
Lakewoods Resort

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

MFA Grad Updates

Michael Meyerhofer (MFA '06) will be teaching this upcoming academic year at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Jake Boyd (MFA '07) will be a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University this fall. His poem "Coal or Christmas Lights" is forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review.

Elisabeth "Lis" Meyer (MFA '07) will begin the Phd program in English Literature at University of Kentucky. Her poetry is forthcoming in Measure.

Chad Parmenter (MFA '05) has been named the Assistant Director of the Center for Literary Arts for the coming academic year at the University of Missouri.

Congrats to all!

MFA Carbondale is proud and happy to welcome...

the following new MFA students to Carbondale!

Halvor Aakhus, fiction
Jenna Bazzell, poetry
Justin Benton, fiction
Azizat Danmole, fiction
Laura Gross, poetry
Travis Mossotti, poetry
James Scoles, fiction
Reynaldo Vargas, fiction
Abby Wheetley, fiction
Amie Whittemore, poetry

Thanks for coming to share your writing with those of us
already in Carbondale!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Meyerhofer Update

Michael Meyerhofer (MFA '06) writes:

"I did manage to just get my poem, "Against Etymology", accepted by Ploughshares. Lately, I also had a poem called "Blue Collar Eulogy" accepted by MARGIE, another one called "The First Dancers" accepted by Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and two more accepted by a Canadian sci-fi journal called On Spec."

Congrats, MM!